Our very own undergraduate, Harrison Fried, presented his Honors thesis proposal, “How do algal and sedimentary turbidities affect the long-term physiology of Emerald Shiners in Lake Erie?” Great job Harrison! Outstanding undergraduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at OSU are able to join our Honors program which allows students to complete an independent research project and defend a thesis which helps to prepare them for graduate studies!
Check out our “Opportunities” page for exciting new positions in the lab! We are currently seeking one PhD position to work on our funded NSF project starting in Autumn 2018 (with the possibility of a pre-enrollment field season in Summer 2018). The project aims to determine the key drivers and functional significance of sensory and behavioral trait divergence in an African cichlid facing human-induced rapid environmental change (HIREC) and the student would be co-advised by Dr. Lauren Pintor. More positions will posted over the next couple of weeks.
It seems early but we’re already starting to plan our next field season in Uganda! With this we also need to start planning for our Water Across the World project where we work with students in rural Uganda and those in rural Ohio to connect them on issues of water quality in their respective communities. This year we have a group of undergraduate students helping us to expand and improve our project and we’re so excited to get back to Uganda and implement their ideas!
If you’d like to contribute to our fundraising efforts for Water Across the World, you can do so through this link:
Jenna Odegard successfully defended her MS thesis on Monday! Her thesis, co-supervised by Suzanne Gray and Lauren Pintor, focused on, The role of taxonomic and functional diversity in biotic resistance of non-native fish and invertebrates in coastal Lake Erie Wetlands. Jenna will be the first graduate student of the Gray Lab. Congratulations, Jenna!
Our 2016 REU student Caroline McElwain was featured in the 2017 Stone Laboratory brochure for her work on the altered visual abilities in Lake Erie Emerald Shiners (Notropis atherinoides) under algal and sedimentary turbidity.
Check it out here: stone-lab-brochure
This summer we held a workshop about the importance of water quality and water quality education for the teachers at St. Hildegard primary school where we engage students and teach them about water quality issues through our program called The Water Project. The teachers had so much fun and asked really great questions!